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Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 11:00am EST
the economy. >>> a top hezbollah leader is killed. the lebanese group says he was assassinated. ♪ >>> the u.s. economy is growing but so is the income gap between the rich and the poor. president obama will talk about how to change that and other aspects of the economy when he speaks at a washington think tank in just a few minutes. mike viqueira joins us from washington. mike, good morning, what are some of the main points the president is expected to address? >> reporter: you are right, the president turning a page now after the last two months healthcare.gov debacle. he is going to talk about the grows gap between rich and poor. it's not a new story or a new subject for president obama. he talked ariel castro it two years ago in a benchmark speech in kansas. and he spoke a little bit about in this year's state of the union. the top 1% in this country have seen their income triple over the course of the last 28 years, meanwhile the middle class has scene their income grow at a modest 1% on average over the course of that same time annually. so the president will be talking
Al Jazeera America
Dec 6, 2013 2:00pm EST
country and beyond. a step in the right direction for the u.s. economy, a new report reveals the job picture is rienthing and unmroement is falling. a severe wind and ice storm is moving east. hundreds of thousands are without power, and travel problems are building. ♪ >>> in south africa and around the world people are k looking at the legacy of nelson mandela. meanwhile funeral plans are ama and the first lady will be there to pay their respects. here are some of the details of what is to come. on tuesday decemb10th an official public memorial will be held in johannesberg. his body will lay in state for three days. the memorial's culminate with a state funeral. finally, mandela will be buried on sunday december 15th. >> reporter: tributes are being paid and prayers made for the icon. and now the world can officially say good-bye to nelsonela on december 10th which will be the official memorial service. and then for the following three days his remains will lay in state. but before then south africans will have a chance to remember the man who change lives forever. >> we have decl
Al Jazeera America
Dec 6, 2013 12:00pm EST
news for jobs and the economy today, patricia sabga has the details of the much better than expected november employment reports. >> reporter: for the second straight month the u.s. job market showed signs of improve. the economy added 203,000 jobs in november lowering the unemployment rate to 7%. labor secretary says the numbers indicate the economic recovery is gaining strength. >> we have now had 45 consecutive months of private sector job growth to the tune of 8 million plus jobs. roorp while the numbers are encouraging, analysts say we still have a long way to go? >> to get to full employment we estimate the economy is going to have to create between 200 and 225,000 jobs per month for the next couple of years. >> reporter: but that may be difficult to achieve. the recovery is still on shaky ground with small businesses sees a slowdown in sales for the year. that is significant, because those businesses create about two-thirds of new jobs. ly hard hit has been the retail sector. despite slashing prices and opening their doors thanksgiving day, retailers posted disappointing sales
Al Jazeera America
Dec 7, 2013 2:00am EST
front. more companies are hiring and the economy shows signs of a rebound. >> hello, welcome to al jazeera america. i'm morgan radford, live in new york city. >> an american war veteran detained in north korea is on his way back to the united states. merrill newman departed beijing airport about 15 minutes ago, headed for his home in san francisco. he'd been held in north korea since late october. officials said they released newman on humanitarian grounds and for apologising for crimes committed during the korean war. he spoke to reporters before leaving beijing. >> i'm glad to be coming home. >> melissa chan has more. >> great news that merrill newman has been freed. you can well imagine how distraught his family has been. he's missed thanksgiving, but will be home in time for the holidays. we hear that merrill newman was part of a special unit called the white tigers. military intelligence stole secrets - we didn't know about the group until the 1990s. so from the north korean perspective they consider merrill newman, even though he's advanced in age, a serious enemy. from the n
Al Jazeera America
Dec 6, 2013 1:00pm EST
what the agreement means for them and an already week global economy. >>> in the philippines the recovery effort is still plainfully slow almost a month after typhoon haiyan hit. but there is a movement to get the local economy moving again. >> reporter: there's very, very little left on the store like at tacloban, this man knows that too well. he is a fisherman, or rather he was, given that his boat now sits a couple of kilometers inland. >> translator: before i was earning about 300 pesos a day from the catch. but now i don't earn anything because what i catch is what we eat because i don't have boat. >> reporter: his story is replicated thousands of times across tacloban. so the challenge after the emergency aid phase is to get people working and let the local economy take over again. every street in tacloban is an absolute mess and they need cleaning up, which means you have ready made jobs, which is why you have up to 20,000 people lining up to take part. >> even if they are cleaning their house, we give -- we pay them. our point is that if every one of them are cleaning up
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 6:00pm EST
. making sure our economy works for every working american. >> and this session of congress is set to go down in history as the least productive. 911 audio tapes reveal calmness from police dispatchers on the day from the sandy hook elementary school shootings. >> the u.s. economy is growing but today president obama said the income gap between rich and poor americans is growing, too, and he's calling on washington to address the problem. >> a dangerous and growing inequality of upward mobility that jeopardy disease america's basic bargain, if you work hard you have a chance to get ahead. i believe this is the defining challenge of our time. making sure that our economy works for every working everyone. >> oonjonathan betz is here wita breakdown. >> the rich is getting richer and the poor is getting poorer, we hear it all the time, but what does it mean? last year's median income is $51,000 but that's down from the year before. and it's down if you adjust for inflation. almost all the money being made is going to the very rich. the income of the top 1% of the population grew by close
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 8:00pm EST
. >>> a brutal winter blast. we begin tonight with inequality in the economy and the dangers to young americans. president obama says 10% of the population is now taking home half of the nation's income. he warns the growing canyon between rich and poor is destroying the economy, and threatening the american dream. president obama -- >> the top 20%, has about a two in three chance of staying at or near the top. a child born into the bottom 20% has a less than one in 20 shot at making i.t. to th -- making o the top. he's ten times modifier likely to stay where he is. >> president obama states statistics that shows the average american income is shrinking. the president asked the congress to raise the minimum to $7.10 an hour. encouraging government dependence. white house correspondent mike viqueria joins us with more. mike, why the speech and why now? >> it's a great question john. first of all the facts that the president and the statistics that the president cited are beyond dispute. there is a growing income disparity in the country. the top 1% has seen their incomes triple, the lo
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 2:00pm EST
potential break through, however, he reviewed the republican perspective of it's about the economy, and we have a plan to improve the economy, and that's not related to social benefit programs. >> that we create more american jobs and better american wages. the republicans continue to focus on strengthening the economy for middle class families. that's why we passed nearly 150 bills many of them will help our economy, they are still sitting in the united states senate. so you hear a difference, how republicans approach things and democrats approach things. he also used his time to rail against obama-care, the federal healthcare law, he says that's one of the other priorities that and getting the economy going less so than working on the unemployment benefit issue. >> and torment, the labor department releases the november employment numbers. stick with al jazeera america for full coverage of that important report. some fast food workers are striking in more than 100 cities. they are demanding an increase in the minimum wage, and pushing to make it easier to unionize. many are asking for $1
Al Jazeera America
Dec 2, 2013 3:00am EST
strike, i suspect, will build up during the course of week, harming the economy. that is the vital artery. >> sure, we'll keep an eye on that. thank you. >> well, there has been more protests against military rule in egypt. proponents reached cairo's tahir square for the first time in months on sun. the crowd was dispersed from the area within minutes. earlier students on university campuses held rallies against a new anti-protest law and the killing of a fellow student by security forces. >> a draft constitution has been approved by the interim government. let's look at the controversial points. it let's the army decide who the defence minister will be for the next eight years, and bans political parties based on religi religion. the draft will go to a referendum. if ratified, elections will take place. tell us more about the controversial constitution. >> what's new this morning to many egyptians is the fact this it seems there'll be a change to the roadmap that the military government put forward. earlier we have been hearing that first the constitution will be drafted and it wi
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 12:00pm EST
pushing until we get a higher minimum wage across the entire country. it will be good for our economy and our families. [ applause ] >> number four, as i alluded to earlier, we still need targeted programs for the communities and workers that have been hit hardest by economic change in the great recession. these communities are no longer limited to the inner city. they are found in neighborhoods hammered by the housing crisis, manufacturing towns hit hard by years of pant plant -- plants packing up. land locked rural areas where young folks feel like they need to leave just to find a job. so we have put forward new plans to help these communities and their residents because we watched cities like pittsburgh or my hometown of chicago revamp themselves, and if we give more cities the tools to do it, not hands out, but a hand up, industries like detroit can do it too. so in a few weeks we'll announce the first of these promise zone where we're support local efforts, focused on national goals. ♪ [ applause ] >> and we're also going to do more for the long-term unemployed. for people who
Al Jazeera America
Dec 7, 2013 1:00pm EST
hitches. some estimate it will boost world economy by 1 trillion-dollar and create more than 20 million jobs. we're looking at details in just a moment. but first we have reports from indonesia. >> reporter: it was an emotional moment after a dramatic four-day long meeting in ballet. the unexpected wa, and suddenlyt was possible. >> the countries of the wto has accepted a deal that will bring down trade barriers worldwide. it could bring a broader agreement in the years to come. also custom procedures will be more transparent, which should make trade cheaper and developing countries like indonesia are allowed to protect their farmers and poor people with basic food subsidies. india was blamed for not backing down on its food security plan. many in the united states were worried it would effect world market prices. >> i view as a victory for the farmers for the entire developing countries, and there is also a coalition of developing countries that entry waindiawas able to put togetherh its partners demonstrated solidarity and achieve this. >> not every is happy with the deal. farmers org
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 6:00am EST
sign a trade deal with eu and turn to moscow to save the economy. >> translator: i want a new government that listens to the people and doesn't treat us like animals. >> translator: we are here to fight for our rights and our kids are brought up in a good country without corruption and where everything is fair. >> reporter: the crisis here is reaching a crucial moment and he believes he can survive with moscow's help but they are ready for a long fight to achieve aims and i'm tim friend with al jazeera. >> leaders lack constitutional power to oust the government before the presidential election in 2015. a riot breaks out in singapore's little india district after an india national was struck and killed by a bus. crowds attached police and set cars on fire and dozens were injured and 27 people were arrested. it was singapore's first major riot in four decades. and the president of venezuela won half of the elections on sunday and held control in the oil city and the capitol caracas and inflation is 54% and power outages and shortages of necessities are widespread. world financi
Al Jazeera America
Dec 6, 2013 6:00pm EST
head now. when good news comes out that must mean that the economy is getting stronger and the federal reserve will stop putting $85 billion in the economy, interest can go up and investors tend to sell stock. there is good news, the stock market goes up. this morning at 8:30 a.m. i'm watching these unemployment numbers. they were better than i thought they were going to be and the only thing i was certain of was that the stock market is going down and it closes up 200 oh points. it's a good thing that i'm m not worth my money today.ause >> there you go, boy are you worth your money on a dale lay basis. what the quality of jobs. >> we wanted the numbers. we want them above 125,000. we've been getting 159,000 per month. for the last two months we've been averaging 200,000 job created. once you have the raw numbers you to say what kind of jobs are these? if you are getting jobs that pay $.7 an hour, then people will need two of them. those positions paid as much as $26 an hour. that's the good news. better quality. but about 20% of the jobs came in the relatively low-wage sectors
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 4:00pm EST
economy. and people have every right to demand a better wage, and earn a living. and be able to spend time with their families and on things they want to spend it on. >> ryan -- >> investing or -- >> i know we featured your restaurant your chain a few months ago, good to talk to you on al jazeera america, we appreciate your time. brian parker is the co founder of moo cluck moo. in other news now, secretary of state john kerry, made the rounds in the middle east today. he met with israeli is middle east leaders. he also tried to ease concerns to curb the nuclear program. >> let's talk to nick and he is in jerusalem for us, nick, good to see you again. there has been some reaction from the palestinians on this. >> . >> they do not want anything. i think the reason she has emphasissed israeli security. they want to talk about their state, and how lit be a viable continuous state. and the problem is that he is trying to do both at once, and he is clearly angry both sides at the same type. >> all right. nick and what's left? how much more time is the secretary spending in the region on thi
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 2:00pm EST
he wants to make sure that the economy works for everyone. who was this speech directed at. >> reporter: that's a great question. you have look it's a it italy a political spectrum. it was directed to the left. they have been very displeased, disillusioned. look flo further than the last two months, the bunkelled roll out of healthcare.gov . it has not gone well and it's reflecting poorly in the polls. there is an election coming up for every member of the house of representatives. next year there is a third up for grabs in the senate the centecenter for american progres guaranteeing that the president's message will be amplified at the people it's aimed at. a theme that the president has concentrated on throughout the course of his speeches. echoing themes from a hundred years prior that theater roosevelt hit on. he spoke to a number of key con sit sent groups. women talking about equal wages in the work group. nondiscrimination against gays in the workplace. he talked about the affordable care act and called it a powerful piece of legislation for those in the lower rungs
Al Jazeera America
Dec 10, 2013 6:00am EST
. >> we were talking about the economy in south africa, it has not gone as far as people would have liked but you still think that mandela, that is okay, we are on tv so don't call your friends just yet. you go celebrate and we will talk in a little bit. >> thank all the people of the world by coming to our country and we are so grateful for that even if they have come today to celebrate this day with us, we are so grateful, and mr. mandela our father was in prison for 27 years. we are so grateful for the world and we are celebrating but the mediva rest in peace. >> thank you, sir, this is has been happening all day by the way, this is what the spirit of the event is. you were saying this is a dichotomy saying he fought for freedom and we needed democracy and freedom and got that but dot, dot, dot they still struggle here. >> i was speaking to a woman on the plane coming over here and she said mandela sold us out and i said what do you mean, he sold some of the white people out. you have an interesting remembrance of his legacy and some people are celebrating it and you see most of
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 10:00am EST
tale of two economies. improvement and growth, but what's happening in the real economy? >> the spanish enclave that's a tempting gateway for illegal migrants. (vo) al jazeera america we understand that every news story begins and ends with people. >> the efforts are focused on rescuing stranded residents. (vo) we pursue that story beyond the headline, past the spokesperson, to the streets. >> thousands of riot police deployed across the capitol. (vo) we put all of our global resources behind every story. >> it is a scene of utter devastation. (vo) and follow it no matter where it leads, all the way to you. al jazeera america. take a new look at news. >> this isn't a new channel, this is a watershed moment in media for america. >> this entire region is utterly devastated. >> people our here are struggling. >> the fire jumped the highway we took earlier. >> your average viewer want's to actually understand how the health care law is going to help them or hurt them. >> they know they can get extremist bickering somewhere else. >> people say that we're revolutionary. our revolution
Al Jazeera America
Dec 6, 2013 4:00pm EST
of the day. jobs and the economy, we have the details. patricia, good to see you. this is a much better than expected jobs report. >> it was tin deed much better. but the numbers were encouraging, and there was reason to be cautious. >> reporter: the economy shows signs of improvement. lowering the unemployment rate to 7%. there was a healthy bump in higher paying manufacturing and construction. the numbers indicate the economic recover is gaining strength. >> we've had 45 consecutive months. >> while encouraging, there is still a long way to go. >> the economy will have to create between 200,000 to 225,000 jobs per month for the next couple of years. >> reporter: that may be difficult to achieve. the recovery is still on shaky ground with small businesses seeing a slow down for the year. that's significant because those businesses create two-thirds of new jobs. particularly hard hit has been the retail sector. despite slashing prices and opening their doors thanksgiving day retailers posted disappointing sales in november. >> you have a vicious circle if úpeople are not going i
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 4:00pm EST
you're panicked. calm make sense. randall. thank you. the u.s. economy is growing, but so is the income gap between rich and poor americans. president obama addressed the problem. >> the lack of upward mobility that has jeopardized middle class america's if you work hard you can get ahead. this is defining of our time. making sure that our economy works for every working american. >> the president did not propose any initiatives during his speech. but he said a rapidly growing of deficit opportunity is a bigger threat than the fiscal. we'll go to danny, professor of economics, great to have you back. >> thank you. >> a pleasure, you heard just a moment ago, america's dangerously growing income is defining the challenge of our time. is the president correct, or is he, as some would say, overstating the income inequality and wealth gap argument with that kind of a statement? >> no, if anything there is an understatement. he's absolutely correct saying that it is a defining problem. and this problem has just--it has been exacerbated by global pressures. it is an issue that the white house-
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 3:00am EST
did a roaring business. foreign aid and investment poored into the economy. african was making money. now it's busier than ever because of increasing anxiety about the local currency. the president of afghanistan is still refusing to sign a security pact with the u.s., meaning some foreign forces remaining after 2014. willions of dollars in aid remained. without that, the economy is expected to collapse. that delay is causing fear in the business community. >> if it is not signed people will be panicked and it will affect the economy. people are running away. our businessman are worried. >> as afghans panic and exchange their money for u.s. dollars the afghani is being devalued. in a country where food is imported, prices are going up. >> ordinary markets like this ordinary afghans come to spend their money. most tell us that food prices have gone up. that's because those selling the food here in dollars. the exchange rate here has never been so bad. >> in a few short weeks the price of these sacks of fleur rose 10%. this woman bought one. >> translation: prices are so high. there's
Al Jazeera America
Dec 6, 2013 11:00pm EST
the economy an-for-a change so many good news. the november's job's report shows the unemployment rate fell to an all time low. the u.s. economy gained moore jomorejobs than expected. and the gains are wide spread in low and high conditions. it's i something that is key to today's economic news. >> i always kind a reason to find i this report shea shairky. the unemployment rate is down and we have created 200,000 jobs every month but a quarter of the jobs were higher payin paying j6 an hour or more. that is what wei we are concernd about. 1:5 is still low paying. that is part 69 problem. >> of the problem. it's not gang busters and teabs noit'snot a raw numbers thing. sgenerally speaking the qawl quy of jobs is higher. >> at first glance it would appear it's a big deal, but is it? world gets ou obsessed with the unemployment rate. >> i couldn't care less. that number measures a group of people in a changing group of larkehearingerlarger people. i do don't care about that number. more than 150,000 joan because that is the number of more people that come into the work force every mo
Al Jazeera America
Dec 2, 2013 8:00pm EST
will take affect in six months. >>> cybersurge, why today's shopping frenzy is vital to the economy. >>> what iran is telling al jazeera about its nuclear deal. >> what are you talking about, he's dead. >> an exclusive investigation into prison health care. >> evey sunday night, join us for exclusive, revealing, and suprizing talks with the most interesting people of our time. this sunday, >> i spent my whole life thinking about themes and thinking about how to structure movies, so this is highly unusual. >> the director of the sixth sense, says there are five things we can do to fix education in america >> the united states has education apartheid, that's the facts... >> talk to al jazeera with m. night shayamalan sunday at 7et / 4pt on al jazeera america >> anest natean estimated 131 mn americans have gone online and spent big bucks. sales could top $2 billion. that would be a cyberrecord and 20% more than a year ago. online growth has been bigger than growth at bricks and mortar stores. and david strawser said it's been an especially hard year for retailers. >> the low-and middle
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 11:00pm EST
people will go to your blog. >>> the struggling economy has some communities thinking of breaking away. a wealthy community in baton rouge is thinking of breaking away. it's been tried in new york, los angeles, indiana. >> jeffrey lee doesn't miss a moment with his grandchildren. although they are not in school he knows education is the key to life. >> i want them to go to school. >> it's a challenge in a city where 60% of public schoolchildren are not learning at grade level. >> it's one of the worst school systems in the state. how many generations of children do you disserve before you say, "let's try something different." lionel rainey is pushing for a different plan for better schools. by breaking away from baton rouge, and starting a new city. the city of st george would encompass an unincorporated area home to a fifth of the residents, it would control and run schools with its own tax residence. >> it's not about starting a city, it's about education. >> it's about 100% total about education. we came into this saying we want to take accountability for the schools in our area >>
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 10:00am EST
set to speak in a few minutes about the economy. >>> a top hezbollah leader is killed. the lebanese group says he was assassinated. ♪ >>> the u.s. economy is growing but so is the income gap between the rich and the poor. president obama will talk about how to change that and other aspects of the economy when h
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 1:00pm EST
into the economy and a afghans making money, it's busier than ever because of increasing are anxiety because of the local currency of afghanis. billions of dollars in aid would also remain. without that, the economy is expected to collapse. that delay is causing fear in the business community. >> if it is not signed, then people will be panicked and it will affect the economy of the country. people are running away. people are disappointed and our businessmen are not investing. money dealers are worried because they cannot work confidently. >> as afghans panic and exchange their money for u.s. dollars the afngafghani is being devalued. prices are going up. it's in markets like this where regular afghans come to spend their money buying food. price he have gone up significantly in in the past few days, that's because those selling the food buy it in wholesale in dollars, they find the don't bias much food that the exchange rate has never been so bad. >> in a few short weeks the price of these sacks of flour has risen 10% traders say. >> the prices have become so my before we could buy
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 10:00am EST
, and jane ferguson are reporting how afghans are getting nervous regarding the future of their economy. >> reporter: for more than ten years the money market in kabul has done a roaring business. foreign aid and investment poured into the economy, and afghans making money honestly or otherwise, traded in foreign exchange. now it's bus yeser than ever because of increasing anxiety of the local currency of the afghani. the president of afghanistan is still refuse to go sign the security pact with the u.s. that would mean some foreign forces would remain after 2014. but billion dollars of aid would remain. with that the economy is expected to collapse without that. that is causing fear in the business community. >> if it is not signed then people will be panicked and it will effect the country. it is disappointing and our businessmen are not investing. people are worried because they cannot work confidently. >> at afghans panic and exchange their money for u.s. dollars the afghani dollar is being devalued. where much of the food is imported prices are going up. >> reporter: this is where
Al Jazeera America
Dec 10, 2013 6:00pm EST
of people in business and the economy in a larger sense because it brings something that has been missing for quite some time coming from washington, and that is stability and the ability to plan out if you're a business, whether large or small, your next couple of years, and this budget framework, what i was trying to say earlier, this does not guarantee there isn't going to be a government shutdown, but it goes a long way towards insuring that there will not be. now they have the framework. now they have to put flesh on the bones of that framework in terms of specific line item spending. so good news and bad news here in washington this evening. >> here's the chance--better than average. better than good. that this deal moves forward. after all, patty murray and paul ryan were put forward too negotiate this deal by both chambers of congress. so the idea that they would come together work together some kind of negotiation and then not move forward just doesn't make a whole lot of sense. >> reporter: remarkable. when you think about all the plan bs and everything being put forth b
Al Jazeera America
Dec 7, 2013 3:00am EST
economy. >> it is so agreed. >> the deal was made in bali and indonesia, aimed at increasing global commerce and making it easier for poorer countries to do trade. >> for the first time in our history we have truly delivered. we have achieved something significant. people all around the world will benefit from the package delivered here today. >> here is what is it could mean. it's claimed it will create 21 million jobs, 18 million in developing countries and cut red removing the need for many taxes and bribes. the w.t.o. is trying to remove all subsidies. the deal means that some developing countries can keep them in they are needed to feed the poor. the results are yet to be seen. india is happy it can keep its subsidy. >> i view this as a victory for the farmers of india, for the farmers, for subsistence farmers of the entire developing country. there has also been a coalition of developing countries that along with its partners, with withstood all pressures. demonstrated solidarity and achieve this. >> the background to this our nt from jakarta. >> a moment of victory after the
Al Jazeera America
Dec 10, 2013 10:00am EST
it was the economy that was at the root of all of this. he has to find somewhere to get some more money into the system to make this country work again. it's economy is in dire straits. so i think there will be a huge degree of skepticism not only from the protesters here but also from the general public, skepticism if not cynicism. >> we certainly heard that voiced by some of the protesters that you spoke to. and there are clearly deep divisions within the country about the future direction whether there should be closer ties with the eu or of course russia. do you get the sense that both sides are really digging their heels in, making compromise even less likely. >> i think there is an attempt to compromise. both sides are pretty entrenched, but the foreign affairs envoy katherine ashton is in town. she will be talking to the president and members of the opposition as well. she will be striving to at least find some common ground because if the they don't work towards that, then as i was saying in my report, the very real risk of more conflict and perhaps violence, conflict, the
Al Jazeera America
Dec 6, 2013 10:00am EST
them in an already weak global economy. >>> we're approaching the halfway mark on this news hour. still to come we'll speak to the man who spent years behind bars with nelson mandela. >>> and in sport we'll be live in brazil where the country's world cup preparations continue. [ technical difficulties ] >> sacrifice everything for what e considered to be the cause of the people -- of all of the oppressed people of the country. he had tremendous foresight not only for the people of south africa but for the world as well. he would put his personal concern at the back burner when he sees his first duty is for his former prisoners. he had problems -- i mean he had family, there were detentions, bannings and all of that. he never allowed that to interfere with what he considered to be his responsibility towards us. >> reporter: one characterist of many that matures on this island. they set out to break him here, but what happened was quite the reverse. one important stage in the making of a remarkable man. andrew simmons, al jazeera, robin island. >> let's hear from the a man who was
Al Jazeera America
Dec 7, 2013 5:00am EST
global economy. >> in egypt - 21 women and girls imprisoned for protesting in october, including seven girls under 18. the red cross says 300 people have been killed in 48 hours after violence between militias and the central african republic. thousands of people are looking at refuge at the airport where french soldiers are on guard. >> some people are talking about a religious or sectarian war against christians and muslims. is that how the situation is developing? >> it's a political crisis, and unfortunately some people are using the intentions between the communities peacefully together. about 15 to 20% mousse limbs who are active in the any and now the author represented in politics and some don't like that. this is what is going on. there farmers who are mostly christians who attack muslims in that country because the seleka rebels in power. >> there have been warnings, as you know, about the possibility of what is being already described as a genocide. let's hope that doesn't happen. could it happen. >> i think the word might be - geppo side is -- genocide is something mo
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 12:00pm EST
work is to fix the economy. and we talked about obamacare. he said that he is willing to look at a plan to extend unemployment benefits if the president presents one -- if president obama shows him one, but he said the president has the focus. >> the president is more focused on inkoreaing reliance on programs than creating better jobs. republicans continue to focus on strengthening the economy for middle class citizens. >> a fundamental difference there. republicans saying there are other ways to help americans, democrats pushing for the extension while trying to work on broader economic issues. >> libby casey thank you. >>> tomorrow the labor department releases the jobs numbers for november. >>> some fast-food workers are on the picket line instead of working today. strikes are taking place in in about a hundred cities. the dedemand, higher pay. tonya mosley shares the story of a 35-year-old mother of three raising her family on $9.31 an hour. >> it's 2:00 and mya molina's five-hour shift at kfc is over. she is off to pick up her youngest son from day care before heading home. a
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Dec 7, 2013 10:00am EST
hitches. it will boost economy by 1 trillion-dollar boost jobs by 20 million jobs. >> it was and a dramatic four-day long meeting in bally. suddenly the impossible was discussible. >> for the first time in our history, it has really delivered. >> they have accepted a deal that will bring down some of the trade bear areas worldwide. it's a smaller package than was on the original deal in 2001 but it could bring in wider agreements to come. also it will be more transparent which will make it easier worldwide. and countries like india will be able to protect it's country for food subsidies. many in the united states it would affect world market prices. >> i view this as a victory for the farmers of india, for the farmers and the countries that india was able to put together with its partners which withstood all pressures and demonstrated solidarity and achieved this. >> not everyone is happy with the deal. farmers organizations and activists say that farmers in the developing countries will suffer from free trade. >> by including agriculture into the agreement, agriculture will disapp
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Dec 5, 2013 11:00am EST
budgeting process. as everyone looks for ways to stimulate the economy they are questioning whether the longterm benefits are needed at this point. >> we'll see what happens in the next few weeks, thank you. >> tomorrow the labor department releases the labor numbers. >> the hits keep coming for the nsa. the agency tracks up to 5 billion cell phones a day. they use the data to map people's location to follow their movement around the globe. the newspaper says the information came from documents provided by former nsa contractor edward snowden. the cell phones wer being trackd are outside of the united states. >> the fast food workers are striking across the country they are pushing to make it easier to unionize. many pr protestors are asking fr 15 there an hour. that is twice as much as many owner in the u.s. it comes after president obama says raising the minimum wage will not hurt jobs. last month a seattle suburb increased their wage to $15 an hour and that is by far the high over the in thhigh -- highest i. it's 2:00 and her five-hour shifted at kfc is over. she is off to pick up he
Al Jazeera America
Dec 8, 2013 2:00pm EST
already benefitted his country's economy. >>> remembering nelson mandela. today marks the beginning of a week of remembrance. they have a day of prayer and reflection. earlier today the mandela foundation held a service. services like this were held throughout the country and really around the world. alan joins us life from south africa. alan, how are people paying tribute to mandela? from what i hear and see behind is any indication, they're doing it by celebrating. >> reporter: absolutely, richelle. the folks here in soweto are handling the party end of that equati equation. they've been doing it for days now and they'll go long into the night, too, and through the wee hours. it's a tremendous scene. for the more sub dued and reflective part of the formula, the national day of prayer. we attended mass at a huge catholic church not far from him. the population of the congregation in church today, the sounds of soweto, of a nation on what is not just another sunday. ♪ >> reporter: the congregation of the biggest catholic church in this largest christian country celebrates nelson mand
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Dec 2, 2013 2:00am EST
economy by hundreds of millions of dollars. like many new businesses coming to detroit, the financial issues didn't deter them setting up shop. where some sees obstacle, the ceo sees opportunity. >> this might diversify agriculture in michigan as we grow collectively. >> the investment in a neighbourhood on a rebound is welcomed by many who live here. they are on pace to produce 3,000 cases of premium liquor this year. in a warehouse where the aroma is intoxicating, these entrepreneurs see a future where the glass is always at least half full. >> holiday shopping gets a boost. u.s. shoppers spend nearly $10 billion on black friday, down 13% on last year. sales rose 2.3% overall compared to 2012 once thanksgiving day sales were added to the mi.. >> colorado communities are banding together to recover from the devastating flood in september. jamestown was nearly destroyed. we look at how residents are bouncing back. >> the music is back. with it the people are slowing returning to the foothills down in the rocky mountains. >> on saturday nights, since the september flood displaced resid
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Dec 2, 2013 11:00am EST
an economy still recovering from the last recession. of course, coal does have emissions and you know, there are important issues, but we never really got focused on how to fix those. it was just throw it all out. >> mr. speaker. >> power and politics in ontario's parliament where there has been fierce criticism on its emphasis on green energy and it costs. the architects of the plans defend it ro robustly. >> you take all the costs involved, it ends up being cost effective. >> ontario's greenhouse gas emissions are lower as it becomes the first place in north america to give up coal. what isn't clear is whether local voters will agree with their government in fighting climate change is worth paying more for power. >> letting kids be kids. coming up, clowns put on a show for children in a syrian refugee camp. >> welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. here are today's top headlines. thousands of new york city commuters had to find other ways to get to work after a trail derailed sunday just outside of manhattan. investigators have recovered the train's data recorder
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Dec 8, 2013 8:00pm EST
refusal to sign a trade deal with the eu and turned toward moscow to save ukraine's ailing economy. >> translator: i want a new government that listens to the people and doesn't treat us like animals. >> translator: we are here to fight for our rights so that our kids are brought up in a good country without corruption where everything is fair. >> reporter: the crisis is reaching a crucial moment. the president believes he can survive with moscow's help. the protesters say they are ready for a long fight to the achieve their aims. tim friend, al jazeera, kiev. >>> moving to asia, a move that has increased the political crisis in thailand. members of that current tree's main opposition party resigned from parliament today. they called the current government illegitimate and are refusing to work with the prime minister. five people have been killed since massive protests began last month. demonstrators want the prime minister to step down. in egypt, police used tear glass to clear a crowd of protesters at as islamic university in cairo. they say students threw rocks at officers and w
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 6:00am EST
wage that is they can live on. when everybody has decent wages, i think the whole economy goes better. i think the economy has just gone down the tubes because of the 1% who want to make the most out of the misery of others. >> the sticking point here is that these workers and folks behind them are asking for a $15 an hour federal minimum wage. that's not the only point here. they really also want to be able to unionize without any fear of retaliation. >> we'll continue to check back in with you throughout the day. thanks. >> stephanie, this latest strike is similar to once we've seen across the country, focusing on income and equality. much of that money is going to wealthier americans. the income of the top 1% grew by 31.4% since 2009, but for everyone else barely moved, growing less than has half a%. much of this battle has been over the minimum wage of $7.25. president obama suggested that rates should be hiked to $10.10 an hour. if it were tied to productively ty, one study said that figure really should be $21.72. >> temperatures are plunging right now across much of the
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Dec 2, 2013 1:00pm EST
ties between europe and the world's second largest economy. cameron is meeting with senior leaders. >>> some in europe and elsewhere see the world changing, and want to shut china off behind a bamboo curtain of trade barriers. brifn-- britney wants to tear te barriers down -- britain wants to tear those barriers down. open britain is the ideal partner for an opening china. >> air pollution levels in the chinese city of shanghai have reached their worst levels ever recorded. the skyline of china's financial hup, pollution levels over 300, indicating the most severe level of air pollution. forecasters blame the lack of wind in recent days for not clearing the smog. >>> iran's foreign minister has rived in ca tar, landmark -- qatar. more daims about his country's nuclear past. >> iran will continue its nuclear enrichment at 5% and iran will continue construction work at iraq. iran has agreed not to use certain activities that fall within the scope of this timetable and this plan of action. we have also agreed to provide specific arrangements with the iaea for them to continue, in fact
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 6:00pm EST
violence focus the attention of the world on s racism.depth of south boycottability a the economy became the most famous prisoner in the world. the powerful international condemnation, and growing domestic unrest chipped away atar par tide until finally mandela was released from prison. it was february 11th, 1990, the streets flowed with joy. vowing never to go back to what he called the black held of apartheid. i have spoken about in my lifetime. your brothers, your commitment, and your discipline. has released me to stand before you today. >> but freedom wasn't easy. mandela negotiating with president fw declerk to reform the government had to play peace keeper, trying to temper escalading violence anc, and supporters of the freedom barty, who wanted no part of negotiations with the government that had helped him down for so long. thousands were killed in black on black fighting. also, his marriage to winny mandela, a powerful political force herself was crumbling, the woman who supported him so publicly during the long years of incarceration was accused of having affaired and being li
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Dec 7, 2013 6:00am EST
november jobs' report shows the unemployment rate fell to a 5-year low and is at 7%. the economy gained more jobs than expected adding 2003 positions. they were low spread in high and low positions. mike viqueira has more from the white house. >> new unemployment figures are good from the white house. they've been waiting for this. whether or not 7% matters economicallily or to any people for millions out of work, and those who have given up looking for work, from a political standpoint it's good news for the obama generation. with unemployment insurance set to expire, the white house is stuck in an ironic situation. they are arguing for an extension. if growth is improved, it was announced thursday and friday down to 7% unemployment, the lowest in five years. the administration says that unemployment insurance has got to be extended. white house spokesman jay carney made the case on friday afternoon. >> the news we have today eenforces that we need to address the problem and extend unemployment insurance benefits to those individuals. this is a persistent problem. it would be terrible
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Dec 8, 2013 2:00am EST
line for the battered ukraine can economy. $3 billion is being provided to bolster sevastopol's ports. twice that will be used to update crimean. >> trade between europe and china have to travel around the whole of europe. when this port is constructed ships can go straight across the black sea. the ukrainian company is sandwiched between its warships and russias, but has been building a profitable business exporting steel and grain. they've been battling recession in the world market and at home. the commercial director is optimistic about the future, despite the political turmoil in kiev. >> translation: as the grain and coal production grose in the future in you grain, we believe the investment in the port is necessary to match the trend in these sebbing tors. >> president viktor yanukovych has brought home an important prize. it sends a message to the european union and russia, that they are not the only players in this town. >> the chinese businessman made headlines with plans to build a $40 million canal in nicaragua. >> a car bomb attack on a police station in columbia ki
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Dec 8, 2013 12:00pm EST
which lifted sanctions on iran has benefitted his country's economy. >> controversy over the latest projectproject on artist cristo. some say it will damage the eco-system. >> it's called "over the river". the arkansas in south central colorado. what cristo wants to do here is suspend hundreds of huge panels of silvery cloth nearly six miles of it in eight sections along a 42-mile stretch of the river. the drawing shows how the sun light will filter through the fafabric. >> the best way to see it is underneath on a raft drifting through big horn sheep canyon. >> we have 300,00 300,000 raften the summertime and that is spectacular to experience the project. >> it's a created play of light passing through the fabric reflecting through the water. up, not down. cristo and his team have been working for "over the river" for more than 20 years. they have had to get approval because much of the project is on emplo protected land. cristo is raising the $50 million that it costs by selling hundreds of works which he makes by hand. he and his wife became famous for their out sized and ou out
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Dec 8, 2013 3:00am EST
electorate, apart from corruption? >> i think the economy is a maim maimer major issue and resources - it's linked to corruption in one form or another. you can't get away from it. for example, a central indian state to the east, it's rich in minerals and natural resources and forestry. those resources - some believe they have been plundered and no one knows where the finances have gone. people are clear about what they want from their next set of politicians. the bjp have their prime ministerial candidate. he is advocating clean pol sticks. similar to his home state. been there many times. very good roads, electricity, water supply. he can do that for the rest of india. that is what he's trying to advocate. that's where the fight will be about corruption and who can develop india into a modern 21st century state. >> it's been a month since the philippines was hit by one of the most powerful typhoons ever. millions was donated to help those recovering from the ty coons, but it will take years for it to get back on its feet. another 1,800 people are missing. more than 12 million people are a
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Dec 3, 2013 10:00am EST
can cut early death rates, and economies are boosted by a healthier, longer-living population. the report recommends doubling spending on research and develop on diseases that effect the poor from 3 to $6 billion a year. and governments should dramatically increase the tax on tobacco. >> i think the first step is agree on the goal, making the commitment, having that commitment be widely shared, generating the political commitment above all within countries to commitment the necessary resources to the necessary health interventions. >> nevertheless do you think in the current economic environment, when you talk about $60 billion being injected into health care systems a year to reach these goals, a lot of people are going to be thinking how are cash-strapped countries going to find that money? >> what we show is that the total gain in gdp, the extra gdp, not the gdp they have now, the extra gdp they have per year represents a figure of close to $10 trillion per year. and what we're talking about is the allocation of not half of it, not a tenth of it. but well under 1% of it. two thi
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Dec 3, 2013 6:00pm EST
. suddenly there is this break through. is it because the sanctions were biting deeply in the economy, or from a political perspective the architects of iran said you know what, we've been undermined for some time, and we'll show the world that we're genuine about starting a new chapter? >> well, you see in iran we have political elections. popular elections. they chose ahmadinejad eight years ago. they close a different path this election. this is an opportunity for us and for the west in order to dress this issue. we're not talking about sanctions. the affect of sanctions has been two-fold. when sanctions started you iran had less than 2,000 centerfuges. now iran has 18,000 centerfuges. the sanctions have utterly failed in that regard. now it seems to me that the west is trying to take advantage of this historic opportunity. we have a new government in iran with a different type of foreign policy, a different approach of foreign policy. our tenant versus nos have not . he will insist on our rights. we will not compromise on the basic rights of our people. but the window of opportunity i
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Dec 2, 2013 10:00am EST
discourage investment. the switch from coal to cleaner energy could hurt an economy still recovering from the last recession. >> coal does have emissions, and there are important issues, but we never really got focused on how to fix those. it was just throw it all out. >> power and politics in ontar ontario's parliament where there has been fierce criticism on its look at green energy. >> you have to stop shooting yourself in the foot. it just makes sense to do it. we'll get through it, and when you take all the costs involved it ends up being more cost effective. >> ontario's green cass gas emissions are lower, it becomes the first place in north america to give up coal. what isn't clear is whether local voters will agree with their government that fighting climate change is worth paying more for power. >> more to come we'll have more on sports. one of barcelona's players say they must learn from their mistakes. details coming up. >> and now, a techknow minute..Ñ >> the international diabetes federation is predicting a sharp rise in the number of people with the disease. right now
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Dec 9, 2013 11:00am EST
taxes, which is important during this weak economy, and avoid a government shutdown. >> the farm bill is one thing. your eyes might glaze over when you talk about farm policies. but let's put it this way, in terms that everybody understands. if they fail to come to an agreement they don't extend current law the price of a gallon of milk could double some $7 a gallon. that will hit home especially if unemployment extended unemployment benefits are not extended by this congress. the people taking it in the next one more time. those in the lower income groups. >> and trying to keep up technology. the senate working on a plastic gun ban. >> reporter: this is something that has been in place since the reagan administration, but gun control advocates say there is a problem. what has to happen, any gun that is predominantly made of plastic has to have a metal part to make it secure. one problem is that that metal, that piece of metal under current law can be easily detached. for any reason someone would want to do something like than there is a proposal to make that put in plastic guns. that's
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Dec 2, 2013 11:00pm EST
means for the economy. air amazon, geoff bezos is floating the idea. we will ask an expert if the drone delivery service is really coming to your doorstep. >>> picture this: sweeping scenes and deeply personal moments. tonight, the most extraordinary images of the year. >> there is much we do not know about yesterday's deadly train derailment but we know this. it was traveling at an extraordinary rated of speed, almost three times the limit as it approached a dangerous term. several cars jumped the track leaving the scene of devastation. four passengers were killed. scores injured. investigate orders are trying to figure out what went wrong and why. jonathan martin has the latest. >> reporter: the question remains now: was this caused by operator error or some sort of mechanical error on the brakes. we know from the ntsb, speed was a factor. >> that's something that was reported early on by passengers and witnesses. investigators with the national transportation safety board say they now know the commuter train was going too fast as it approached a curve. >> the preliminary inform
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